Students will have more opportunities to pursue their interests, explore career paths and succeed in Alberta’s dynamic job market after high school.
Alberta’s government is providing $4 million to school authorities across the province to create new dual credit opportunities or enhance existing dual credit courses for the 2022-23 school year. Dual credit courses are career-based courses in grades 10, 11 and 12 where students can earn both high school credits and credits that count toward a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, including a journeyperson certificate.
In June, school authorities were able to apply for one dual credit start-up grant of up to $50,000 and/or one dual credit enhancement grant of $100,000. Forty-three school authorities were successful in applying for the grants, including public, separate, First Nations, public charter, and accredited independent schools.
“Dual credit programs help students make meaningful transitions to post-secondary education, trade designations or the workplace. Expanding on these opportunities is vital to improving high school completion rates and building a qualified, educated and engaged workforce. I look forward to the positive impact this funding will have on Alberta’s students and our economy.”
Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education
A total of 61 grants will be allocated as follows:
- 38 school authorities will receive a start-up grant; and
- 23 school authorities will receive an enhancement grant.
Of the 61 total grants, 18 school authorities will receive both grants, bringing the total number of school authorities receiving grants to 43.
“We are pleased to receive this additional funding for the Calgary Board of Education’s dual credit programming. Through these learning opportunities, even more students can explore their interests and passions while earning high school and post-secondary credits. These specialized learning opportunities support students to start exploring post-secondary programming to enhance their education and future careers.”
Calgary Board of Education Trustees
We recognize that to prepare students for their future, we must meet their diverse needs along the way. Dual credit programming is a wonderful way to support our students to meet and excel at the challenges presented by the global community. This grant will help us continue to offer and expand on our current dual credit programming to inspire students to be successful in trades and post-secondary education”
Joe Dwyer, board chair, Sturgeon Public School Board
School authorities can begin using the funds immediately, and any unused funds can be carried over into the 2023-24 school year.
- For the 2022-23 school year, Alberta Education is providing more than $1.8 million in dual credit start-up grants and more than $2 million in dual credit enhancement grants.
- Individual grant amounts range from $39,000 to $100,000.
- School authorities must report on the use of their funds by July 2023.